West Papua: West Papuan Women Advocate for Independence from Indonesia
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 4:50 PM

Since Indonesia’s colonization of West Papua began in the 1960s, West Papuan Indigenous women face compounding inequalities and human rights abuses. Military killings, displacement, and widespread violence have internally displaced an estimated 100,000 people. Others who have fled abroad call on Australia to support independence, and women activists push for their leadership in independence movements. West Papuan women face particular challenges, including vulnerability from land dispossession. Extractive industries such as mines or plantations often make deals to purchase land without consulting the women who depend on it for their livelihoods, facilitated by the 2020 “Omnibus” law. 

Compiled from: Melissa Maykin, Inga Stunzner and Hilda Wayne, West Papuan women 'can't keep silent' about the 'torture, inhumane killing' in their country, ABC News (March 18 2022).